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and just for you, I will say I used to screen dates by asking them "are you handy? Can you do plumbing/electrical/paint etc" lol. For a while Id only date construction workers.
Don't tell Chomps you're being nice to me! lol Yeah I don't think you're alone with the thought of bulldozing and starting over. I watched one of those home reno shows last night from somewhere in LA, and the reno itself cost $500. It was under a 300 sq ft home and didn't have anything massively crazy to it.

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Seam welding a '77 Celica GT


Sauna construction... sorry no half naked old men in these pics!


Redneck spray booth for the gas tank on my first sportbike (yes I wore a respirator and supplied fresh air to the booth)


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Old house basement finishing...




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I have to say I don't envy this process but it can be done. I'm handy, have journeyman electrical and can build just about anything out of wood or metal but a house comes with so many hookups, code and tricks of the trade I just wont take it on... I'm having a house buit for me right now, the only thing I'm doing is the fence (if I even do that). Realistically I just don't have the time to kill myself over it, working evenings and weekends for extended amounts of time after full days on the job browsing forums... no thanks lol. Thats me though...

That being said I know three people in the last two years that built this way.

1. went pretty smooth and on budget, they had connections to trades and a lot of help. Was about 2 months late and caused them a lot of stress but they managed.

2. Came in a year late and 100K over budget, almost destroyed their marriage and the house is not up to par, they would never think about doing it again.

3. Her brother ^ - Started a year after her, was done in 6 months, has a bigger house and came in 150K under them... is completely happy with it.

Prepare yourself for the worst if you don't have relationships with trades you might run into a lot of scheduling issues and I guess you need to weigh your ability to deal with stress and no free time... for me I have a low tolerance for both.
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I'm also planning on doing this in the future and I've researched prefab and alternative construction methods (ISBU/shipping containers mostly).

My family is in the custom home business back in Florida and I took a "building your own home" course at a Vancouver tech school last year.

Here's a recent prefab company that I've been looking into:
LivingHomes - Prefab Home Floorplans and Pricing

The C6 homes have a reasonably priced option for increasing snowload. They are also very well insulated so that should keep heating costs down. I priced something out around $200k. Obviously there's going to be significant costs above that price, but I still think I'd save money considering local costs here.

There's some resident-restricted lots available here that are quite a deal, I would want to put a 1,200-1,500 sq ft house over a finished 2BR basement rental suite.
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Thanks for the info guys! Yeah it's not something I'll step lightly into. I'm pretty anal when it comes to planning things, probably too anal but for me it's better than going about things willy nilly.

I'm also not opposed to buying the property, building a garage slab and parking a trailer on it while we build the house. That way I'd live at the "build site" and could spend more time working on things. Buy a used trailer and turn around and sell it after the house is ready...

luckboxing, that's the trouble I'm having! I'd like to go pre-fab to reduce the construction time and dependency on many subs, but I want something in the 1800-2000 sq ft bungalow size. It's really tough to find something that doesn't look like a trailer in that size for under $300k!
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I want something in the 1800-2000 sq ft bungalow size. It's really tough to find something that doesn't look like a trailer in that size for under $300k!
whaaaat? That's not a bungalow! My place is considered a bungalow and it's 780sq feet. On a 6700sq ft lot

that basement refinish looks nice! I am the most unhandy person ever. I tried doing the work myself but found it more economical (and enjoyable) for me to do freelance work on the side to fund the house renovation.

Living on site in a trailer sounds like a plan. Keep posting pics, I love looking at remodels! I won't derail your thread but we should do a before and after thread. My bathroom went from a subfloor so rotted I was worried about falling thru it into the crawlspace to being almost worthy of a magazine spread. I only wish I could say I did it myself

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whaaaat? That's not a bungalow! My place is considered a bungalow and it's 780sq feet. On a 6700sq ft lot
Derail away! I'd like to find some completed pics of everything I've done but I'm usually more excited about the in-progress stuff.

Yeah land here is cheap, and space is cheap, and I'm not sure if you guys get the impression through the forum or not, but I like to have time AWAY from my GF at times! lol Plus we're thinking of pro-creating one day in the not so distant future. Trust me it scares me more than it scares you! We also have all our family 3500 km away from us so if they visit it'll usually be for a week at a time.

So my plan is: Have a 3 bedroom, two bath bungalow, big and wide, and then finish the basement with a +1 bedroom and bathroom, sauna (I'm a Finn, it's not a home if it doesn't have a sauna), and a big open games room.

Here's my first draft at an upper floor design! It's kind of awkward at the moment but this is my basic plan...
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Builders dont build anymore, they are tradie organisers and need a certain kind of fear related respect to get everyone on site and jobs completed on time. Mr nice guy gets shit on and the jobs dont get done on time, so does mr owner builder.
This might be true for illegals but couldn't be further from the truth for real carpenters. I help my dad building decks a lot when my own works slows down. We're currently building a deck for a royal ass hat who feels the need to come out every 30 minutes with his 5 year old grandson or dog and watch us like hawks. He then complains to my dads boss that where not getting anything done. Like uh 1. We get payed piece work not hourly, so If where not getting anything done where not making any money but he still pays the same either way- 2. How can you let you 5 year old and dog around a construction site and actually expect us to get anything done without them getting hurt.

The best deck we've ever built was for a guy who would offer us water during the day, a beer at the end of the day, and smoke us a bowl during lunch. That guy got a fine deck! This ass hat wanna be foreman will be lucky if it don't fall apart after a few years - but yes most "illegals" get paid hourly, and 3 stand around watching the 4th work.




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de-rail...fucking insane...never again...hand stripped my 1918 and brushed 2 primer, 2 tops in 3 colors





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Derail away! I'd like to find some completed pics of everything I've done but I'm usually more excited about the in-progress stuff.
you asked! Here is the before and after shot. My contractor documented the whole thing and I seriously have over 1000 pictures of the bathroom and my roof on a DVD. I have pictures of every single step. He did both projects back to back. The roof was leaking over the bathoroom and... oh gawd, lets not go there....anyway I don't have those pics with me here at work but I do have the before and afters..They were featured on my contractors website


The bathroom was demoed down to the studs. I'd already done a full copper repipe before the bathroom remodel so that was the only thing that did not get torn out. Due to my house being on a hill and on a raised foundation he did a floating floor. All new electrical with three new breakers in the box. I wish you could see the floor, the tile is fucking rad. It's like the best tile ever. I love love love my bathroom floor... lol









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Here's my floorplan, breaking ground in a few weeks

2216sqft on two floors + basement (building a photostudio down there). This is the reason I can't get to the mountains much this year but it will be worth it.

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